Our prediction for this match:
After failing to impress in a 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks, Everton will be looking to record their first win of the pre-season when they face Sion at Stade Saint-Marc. The Toffees were scoring goals for fun in the last season finale, but they eventually failed to book their place in European competitions. Everton coach Marco Silva rested several first-team regulars in the friendly against Kariobangi Sharks and seeing that he is stick to his rotation policy, we are not tempted to put our money on the Premier League team.
Sion, on the other hand, did well to hold Dutch vice-champions PSV to a goalless draw in a warm-up game earlier in July and seeing that Everton head into Sunday’s football match with a severely-weakened squad, we believe that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade Saint-Marc.
Highlighted Player (Andre Gomes):
Andre Gomes is a Portuguese footballer who represented the likes of Porto, Boavista and Benfica during his youth career, but eventually signed a professional deal with the Eagles. Even if he hadn’t made too many first team appearances for the Portuguese giants, the midfielder saw his economic rights sold to a private company in January 2014, and the deal eventually saw him join Spanish giants Valencia.
The attacking midfielder immediately nailed down a regular starting berth at Mestalla, proving his undoubted potential, and catching the eye of top Italian sides such as Juventus and Napoli. Gomes has yet to establish himself as an important player for the Portugal national team, but he has made several appearances under Fernando Santos and is expected to play a key role for the Selecao in the future.
Possessing impressive technical skills and capable of covering a number of positions in midfield, Gomes is a modern midfielder who has been showing incredible maturity for his age, so no wonder he is predicted a bright future in the game.
Highlighted Team (Everton):
Everton are one of the two Merseyside giants that were formed back in 1878, with the club holding a long-standing rivalry with Liverpool. Everton have participated in the English top flight for a record 113 seasons, with the team competing in the English second tier in just four campaigns.
The Toffees play their home matches at Goodison Park, the stadium that was opened in 1892. Everton have won the national championship nine times, with the team winning their last domestic trophy back in 1987.
The Toffees have clinched five FA Cup trophies as well and it has to be noted that a victory over Manchester United in the 1994/1995 FA Cup final helped the team win their last title in the prestigious competition. Everton and Liverpool face each other in the Merseyside derby and the clash between the two local rivals has been called the Merseyside derby since 1955.
In the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign Everton were hammered by Liverpool (0-4) at Anfield.